Indianapolis, IN, Jul 31, 2013 -- The annual meeting of the National Association of Support Personnel (NASP) concluded on June 26, 2013 in San Diego, California. NASP is a consultative employee association, organized in 1978, whose purpose is to initiate and promote improvements in the delivery system of Rural Development programs and services to Rural America. Throughout the years, NASP has been very successful in this endeavor due to the dedication of its members, as well as its successful consultative relationship with the agency’s administration. Indiana USDA Rural Development employees will be serving in important leadership capacities during the coming year.
USDA Rural Development Columbia City Area Office Specialist Julie Henney was elected at the 35th Annual meeting of the NASP USDA Rural Development meeting to serve as Zone C Representative, representing NASP members nationwide. This will require her to carry NASP concerns to Washington, DC periodically and to participate in the NASP Zone C meeting and the 2014 Annual meeting.
Julie began her career with Rural Development in 1995. A former IASP president, Julie has worked on and chaired various committees and served on the UniFi Task Force since 2002.
USDA Rural Development Bloomfield Area Office Technician Julia Deibert was elected at the meeting to serve as Zone C Alternate Representative, representing NASP members nationwide.
Julia has been a very active NASP member for many years. Starting her career with USDA in 1995, she is currently serving as Indiana Association of Support Personnel President (IASP) and has served other board positions. She is presently appointed as the Chairperson for the Administrative Committee of NASP. She was the Chairperson for the Single Family Housing Committee, NASP for the past four years. She is also serving on the SFH Certified Packagers Task Force Working Group, the SFHD Rules Engine Task Force, and on the Leveraging Assets Regionally Working Group for NASP, all which include numerous hours of work outside her normal duties and work station.
She single-handedly owned a working farm for a number of years, owned a small business, and managed three other businesses prior to her career with Rural Development. She attended Indiana University and Ivy Tech Community College and is currently active in many activities and organizations within her community.
Charlene Hale, North Vernon Area Office Business Programs Technician was appointed to the Public Relations Committee and the Rural Business Committee. Charlene has been with Rural Development since 2004. She is a former Public Relations Committee Chairperson and is currently the vice president for the IASP. .
USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development invested more than $49 million since 2009 for growth in homeownership, and assistance in home repairs. More than 1.7 million jobs have been created or saved through these investments. Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov.
President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $172 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.
USDA has made a concerted effort to deliver results for the American people, even as USDA implements sequestration – the across-the-board budget reductions mandated under terms of the Budget Control Act. USDA has already undertaken historic efforts since 2009 to save more than $700 million in taxpayer funds through targeted, common-sense budget reductions. These reductions have put USDA in a better position to carry out its mission, while implementing sequester budget reductions in a fair manner that causes as little disruption as possible.
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